Latest Update: (27 November 2021)
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the resulting closures of branches and the need to self-isolate the following temporary changes to the General By-Laws (GBLs) have been approved by DEC:
Article 129 – Fund Raising
Section 129 of the GBLs is rescinded in its entirely effective immediately and until further notice.
Article 308.d. - Complaint Hearing Timelines
Update: On 27 November 2021 the Dominion Executive Council, based on the current situation related to the Covid 19 pandemic, has reinstated the GBLs Article III process in its entirety starting 4 January 2022. Read more
Article 6 - Branch Elections
Branch elections are often held in the spring, with the new executive taking office in early summer. Branch closures have impacted the branch election process. As a result Branch elections and transitions to a new executive, and branch by-laws / regulations pertaining to branch elections, are suspended pending a return to normal branch operations.
Update: DEC Decision, 12 Aug 20: The authority for holding Branch elections is now delegated to Provincial Commands / International Zones effective immediately.
The Dominion Executive Council approved the following amendment to the Poppy Manual to allow for a one-time special use expenditure of Poppy Funds for branch Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the amount of $500 necessary for the protection of veterans. See below: Authorized Special Use Expenditures
403.ii.e: Relief of Disasters: (prior Provincial Command approval is required) 50 percent of the current balance, for donations for relief of disasters declared by the federal or provincial governments. Funds raised for this use must be allocated as per the direction for use of Poppy Funds outlined in this manual. Additionally this provision can include a one-time expenditure per event of up to $500 for branch public safety items necessary for the protection of our veterans (i.e. touchless hand sanitizing stations).